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Dan, Rebecca and Sam discuss the cars they are driving each week and then dive into some of the big topics of the auto industry including the technology, trends and personalities.

Dan, Rebecca and Sam


    • Nov 30, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 1h 26m AVG DURATION
    • 231 EPISODES

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    The Perfect Mulch Hauler

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021

    Lots of stuff in the garage in this week as Nicole gets to spend more time with the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness. On the opposite coast, Robbie has one of his two ideal cars, the Audi RS6 Avant and also shares some thoughts on the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid. Sticking with the PHEV theme, Sam… Read More »The Perfect Mulch Hauler

    Driving a whole bunch of stuff

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021

    The whole team has bugged out of southern California after several days of checking out what is new. Sam returned to chilly Michigan to drive the BMW M3 Competition xDrive on summer tires. Nicole landed back in New Hampshire to pick up the Lexus UX250h which has now been reclassified as an SUV-over. Robbie was… Read More »Driving a whole bunch of stuff

    Phoenix From The Ashes

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021

    This week, the whole gang has been in Southern California for the LA Auto Show and related events. In the garage, Nicole drove the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee in Moab and Sam had the 2022 Nissan Frontier Pro-X at home in Michigan. We discuss the new Acura Integra Prototype and answer a question about how… Read More »Phoenix From The Ashes

    You’ll Make Your Money Back in a Week

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 1:12

    In the garage this week we have first extended take of the Ford Maverick XLT hybrid from Sam. Roberto samples the Rivian R1T and spends more time with the Mercedes-Benz EQS. Nicole gives a first impression of the new Nissan Pathfinder that just arrived as she got home from a trip. In the news Ford… Read More »You’ll Make Your Money Back in a Week

    Don’t Get A Bad Car Loan

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 1:38

    This week, Sam is still driving a white three-row Jeep SUV, but it’s a more manageable size in the form of the new Grand Cherokee L. Nicole has been getting around in a very Halloween colored Ford F-150 Raptor and Robbie shares some thoughts on a couple of new BMWs, the Alpina B8 and M5.… Read More »Don’t Get A Bad Car Loan

    Indy Goes Driverless

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 1:31

    This week Robbie gets his hands on the not-a-minivan minivan from Kia, the 2022 Carnival. Sam heads to Indy in the big, comfy and oh so thirsty Jeep Wagoneer and Nicole goes off-road in the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness. This past week jurors for the North American Car and Truck of the Year, which include… Read More »Indy Goes Driverless

    It Grows On You

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 1:18

    This week in the garage, Sam takes a road trip in the Audi Q5 plug-in hybrid, Nicole drives the Ford Explorer XLT and Roberto samples Volvo’s first electric-only model the C40. The embargo has finally lifted on the drive impressions of the BMW i4 M50 and Robbie shares his thoughts on this new German electric… Read More »It Grows On You

    Munster Challenger

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 1:56

    This week we have lots of cruising. Roberto has been riding on BMW’s big bruiser bike, the R18, Nicole has been Grand Touring in the Lincoln Aviator plug-in hybrid and Sam has had the unicorn-like Ford Escape plug-in hybrid. Robbie and Sam each got to drive Ford’s quickest EV yet, the Mach-E GT while Nicole… Read More »Munster Challenger

    When Enough Is Enough

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 118:50

    This week in the garage, Nicole is getting a kick out of the Hyundai Sonata N-Line with its 290-hp turbocharged engine. Sam has been tossing around the Mazda Miata RF while Robbie has been too busy with work to drive. Nicole got a first drive in the Ford Maverick compact pickup and and Sam and… Read More »When Enough Is Enough

    It’s Not So Ugly

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 1:37

    Nicole’s travel was disrupted which meant she didn’t get home in time to record this episode so it’s just Sam and Roberto. Robbie can finally spill the beans on his first drive of the BMW iX electric crossover and his ridealong in the new Mercedes-Benz SL. Sam spent time with a pair of opposites, the… Read More »It’s Not So Ugly

    Now With Maximum Grille

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 1:11

    Robbie was a bit late in joining the show today due to some connectivity issues so Nicole and Sam started without him. Nicole has been driving the new 2022 Nissan Frontier which replaced a very long in the tooth model with one that looks totally different. Sam drove a new model that wasn’t that old… Read More »Now With Maximum Grille

    I’m Not a Bus

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 2:03

    This week on the show, Robbie has returned from the IAA show in Munich and while he can’t yet tell us about some of what he drove, he shares some thoughts on what he saw there including the VW ID.Life concept, the BMW Vision Circle and he also describes the new Hyundai Kona EV, the… Read More »I’m Not a Bus

    It’s Not Just Another Hyundai

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021

    In the garage this week, Sam has been driving one of the last car-shaped Volkswagens still available in America, the 2021 Arteon SE 2.0T and finds that yes, it can almost swallow a thick queen-size mattress through its sleek hatchback rear opening. Before jetting off to Munich for the IAA Mobility show, Roberto spent time… Read More »It’s Not Just Another Hyundai

    Mars Is Not The Utopia Elon Thinks It Is

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021


    This week in the garage, Sam is driving the Volvo XC90 T8 Recharge as it heads into its final model year before a complete redesign as an all-electric utility with a new name. Roberto got to the drive the Porsche Macan S and GT and gives an initial impression of the Ford Bronco that just… Read More »Mars Is Not The Utopia Elon Thinks It Is


    One Heading Out The Door, The Other Heading In

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021

    In the garage this week Nicole has one car on the way out of production, the 2021 Mazda6 Signature and another on the way, the 2022 Toyota GR86. Sam had the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N with its new 8-spd dual clutch transmission that behaves just like a good manual would. Roberto got sit in but… Read More »One Heading Out The Door, The Other Heading In

    Classic Nameplates Return

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021

    This week the whole crew did some travelling with Nicole and Sam going to New York to drive the new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer while Roberto went to Monterey in a Lamborghini Urus and got some seat time in a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster. Robbie also got to check out the new Countach while… Read More »Classic Nameplates Return

    Launching, Road Tripping and Parking

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021


    We had a bit of a break as both Nicole and Sam were travelling but we’re back with a full garage. Roberto drove the standard and RS versions of the Audi e-Tron GT. Nicole had a trio from the Hyundai Motor Group starting with the refreshed 2021 Santa Fe and then the Genesis GV80 and… Read More »Launching, Road Tripping and Parking


    Ultra Fine, Fine and Ok

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021

    This week in the garage, Roberto has the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, Sam is driving the one of the last traditional full-size sedans in America, the Toyota Avalon Hybrid and Nicole is in the improved and refreshed 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. In the news, while Robbie was in Europe, he also got to try out the… Read More »Ultra Fine, Fine and Ok

    Sweet, Sweet Options – corrected

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2021

    I messed up and linked the wrong file, this is the corrected version This week, two-thirds of the team did some travelling as Roberto went all the way to Switzerland to try out Mercedes-Benz first US market bound electric vehicle, the new EQS. Sam just took a train to Chicago and spoke with Ford Maverick… Read More »Sweet, Sweet Options – corrected

    Sweet, Sweet Options

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021

    This week, two-thirds of the team did some travelling as Roberto went all the way to Switzerland to try out Mercedes-Benz first US market bound electric vehicle, the new EQS. Sam just took a train to Chicago and spoke with Ford Maverick marketing manager Trevor Scott about the new compact truck after spending some time… Read More »Sweet, Sweet Options

    Dodge Will Sell American eMuscle

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2021

    This week in the garage, Roberto is driving Volkswagen of America’s new entry level model, the 2022 Taos compact crossover. Nicole has the new 11th generation Honda Civic sedan in a strange sort of silver color with a hint of blue and same discusses the VW ID.4, the brand’s first dedicated electric vehicle for the… Read More »Dodge Will Sell American eMuscle

    Interesting and Slightly Less Interesting

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021

    This week in the garage, Nicole has something interesting and something slightly less interesting, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Limited and the Aston Martin DBX, you can guess which is which. Roberto has the Mercedes-Benz E450 wagon and Sam has the Mazda CX-9 Signature. In the news Volvo hosted a tech moment where they unveiled some… Read More »Interesting and Slightly Less Interesting

    Just a Basic Entry Level Sedan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021

    This week in the garage Roberto drove a car that we agree is basically interchangeable cross-shopped with the Hyundai Accent, it’s the new 2022 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Meanwhile, Nicole had Kia’s new “not-a-minivan” minivan, the 2022 Carnival which replaces the Sedona with slightly more crossover-ish styling. Sam drives the latest sedan from the Acura, the 2021… Read More »Just a Basic Entry Level Sedan

    You Can Have Too Much Grille

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 103:00

    In the garage this week, Nicole has the 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid with plugs in the back and a work surface perfect for holding Crumble Cookies. Roberto drives the Subaru Forester Sport and we wonder if black wheels and red trim stripes can actually make a vehicle sporty. Robbie also spends time in the… Read More »You Can Have Too Much Grille

    Return of the PT Cruiser

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021

    For episode 200 of the show, both of our emeritus hosts return for a special guest appearance as Rebecca Lindland and Dan Roth stop by. Sam and Dan compare notes on the Ford Ranger as Dan bought a Lariat with his new employee discount and Sam drove the new Ranger Tremor. Nicole also had a… Read More »Return of the PT Cruiser

    Small Trucks and Toyota-Pallooza

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021

    This week in the garage, Sam has been driving the 2022 Infiniti QX55 Sensory AWD, while Nicole had the opportunity to drive the newest Mitsubishi Outlander in many years, the 2021 Outlander that shares its platform with the Nissan Rogue. Robbie didn’t have anything to drive this week, but he did go to LA to… Read More »Small Trucks and Toyota-Pallooza

    Wanna Buy A Sports Car Assembly Line?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2021 110:00

    This week Roberto reconfirms yet again that the Honda Ridgeline is all the truck that most regular people ever need (although it could use more braking performance) as he drives it and uses it to tow the Honda Talon. Robbie also shares his thoughts on the Polestar 2 and its Android Automotive infotainment system. Nicole… Read More »Wanna Buy A Sports Car Assembly Line?

    What is this doing here?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2021 69:00

    In the garage this week Nicole has been driving the new Chevrolet Suburban with the fabulous 3.0-liter diesel while Roberto drove the Acura TLX Type-S and commutes on the Ducati Multistrada V4. Sam sampled Buick’s latest import from China, the 2021 Envision. In the news, we have more on the Ford F-150 Lightning with the… Read More »What is this doing here?

    First Close Look At An Electric Pickup

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2021 81:04

    The team is back on track this week with Nicole spending in time in the new 2021 Kia Sorento X-Line, while Robbie tries out a couple of fundamentally different cars, the McLaren GT and the redesigned, hydrogen powered Toyota Mirai. Sam finished up his two week Hellcat stint with the one-year only Dodge Durango SRT… Read More »First Close Look At An Electric Pickup

    No One Needs a 700hp Truck, But You Sure Might Want It

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 94:13

    This week, Robbie forgot to set his alarm so we recorded the show in two parts and spliced it together. Nicole had the 2021 Hyundai Sonata hybrid with a great powertrain and a gimmicky roof. Sam ripped off some impressive acceleration runs when he could find some untrafficked dirt roads where the sound of a… Read More »No One Needs a 700hp Truck, But You Sure Might Want It

    In Search Of A Rental Car

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 75:00

    This week, Nicole and Roberto have returned from their respective vacations and share their experiences trying rent vehicles in an age where rental companies have ditched much of their fleets. Robbie discusses the 2020 Kia Sorento he had in Hawaii. Before her Disney trip, Nicole drove the new Jeep Wrangler 4Xe plug-in hybrid. Sam went… Read More »In Search Of A Rental Car

    A Conversation with Nvidia’s Danny Shapiro

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021

    Following the 2021 Nvidia GPU Technology Conference, Sam had a conversation with Danny Shapiro to discuss why GPUs were so well suited to advanced automotive applications like automated driving Wheel Bearings has launched a Patreon. If you like the show and would like to chip in toward the cost of producing and hosting it you… Read More »A Conversation with Nvidia’s Danny Shapiro

    Say Hello To Roberto

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2021 98:44

    Episode 192 of Wheel Bearings brings an updated lineup as the internet’s Roberto Baldwin joins Nicole Wakelin and Sam in place of Dan Roth who has started his new job. We talk about the rip-snorting Dodge Durango Hellcat that just left Nicole’s driveway, Robbie takes a ride in the new Lucid Air Grand Touring and… Read More »Say Hello To Roberto

    The End of an Era

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2021 119:22

    This week in the garage, Nicole has the first of a pair of very different three-row crossovers. First up is the Toyota Highlander. Next week she will have something just a bit louder. Sam shares his thoughts on the turbocharged Mazda3 hatchback and despite still being on winter tires, it impresses. Dan wraps up his… Read More »The End of an Era

    It’s Infrastructure Week!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2021 77:55

    Nicole is recording on a new mic this week while Dan struggled with ancient computer. Sam drove the 2021 Hyundai Elantra and has thoughts about the base powertrain. Dan finished his time in the Mustang Mach-E and moved on to the new 2022 Acura MDX while Nicole drove one of the last of the big… Read More »It’s Infrastructure Week!

    Nested Nostalgia

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2021 106:16

    This week Nicole Wakelin officially joins the team as one of our hosts. To kick things off she reviews a boring non-descript hybrid, the 2021 Acura NSX in Indy Yellow Pearl. Sam spent the week with a Volkswagen Atlas Sport Cross and warns to not even bother trying to use the built-in voice recognition, just… Read More »Nested Nostalgia

    Reporting From The Middle Of America

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 89:21

    This week it’s mostly just Dan and Sam. Dan continues his run of big Ford trucks with the F-350 Super Duty with the off-road Tremor package. Sam spent the week with the Honda Odyssey Elite still equipped with a built-in Shop-Vac. The conversation diverted into a lesson on in-car audio systems. In the news, the… Read More »Reporting From The Middle Of America

    Ch-Ch-Changes

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 94:57

    This week in the garage, Rebecca raves (mostly) about the 2021 Toyota Camry TRD V6 sedan and Dan has decidedly mixed feelings about the Lincoln Aviator Black Label before jumping back into the Chevy Bolt to demonstrate that it has plenty of range capability. Sam catches up on a backlog with the 2021 Nissan Titan… Read More »Ch-Ch-Changes

    More Questions, Answers and Names

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2021 95:48

    We tackle a backlog of listener questions along with our usual garage segment. Rebecca and Sam got an early drive in the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Rebecca also had the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, so we compared.

    Nilay Patel On Mustangs, Raptors, Apple Cars and Touchscreens

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 100:01

    This week Rebecca is off dealing with house stuff so Dan and Sam are handling the garage. Dan got to drive a brand new old truck, the 2021 Toyota Tundra SR5. Sam had the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Badlands with the 2.0-liter turbo four cylinder and found the limits of traction with 4WD, all-terrain tires… Read More »Nilay Patel On Mustangs, Raptors, Apple Cars and Touchscreens

    Who Will Win The Electric Truck Battle?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 113:34

    This week, the Volkswagen Passat leaves Rebecca a little bored, while the Ford F-150 King Ranch Hybrid powered smiles from Sam, and Dan made an Ikea run with the ideal vehicle: the 2021 Honda Odyssey Elite. We talk about interest in electrified pickups, Jaguar and Ford commiting to EVs in Europe, and the mailbag updates us on listener Mach-E buying experiences and we got some feedback about our bad attitudes, too. Speaking of bad attitudes, Rebecca is trying to buy a car and getting the run-around, instead.

    Bonus Episode: Isettas, Car Writing, and Guitars with Peter Egan

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2021 53:00

    An auction post on CarTwitter started this.  Someone was selling an Isetta. And it made Dan think about how that little car has a meaning we only half-understand. It’s a deeper symbolism he learned by reading a Peter Egan feature in Road & Track. So we called him up to talk…

    Extremely Underwhelming Vehicle

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 110:42

    This week on the show, the wonderful Nicole Wakelin joins our usual gang to share her thoughts on cars, SUVs, shopping for cars and more. Nicole has been driving the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier, while Rebecca had the new Ford Bronco Sport. Sam had the Mustang Mach-E in some frigid weather and shares thoughts on… Read More »Extremely Underwhelming Vehicle

    Electric Vehicles for Teenagers

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2021 104:15

    This week on the show you’ll be shocked to learn that we have more utility vehicles in the garage. Sam kicks off the discussion with the 2021 Kia Telluride SX. While it shares its architecture with the Hyundai Pallisade, it looks and feels distinctly different and will appeal to a different customer. Meanwhile in Connecticut,… Read More »Electric Vehicles for Teenagers

    The Three-Wheel Driver

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2021 109:35

    On this edition of Wheel Bearings, we have another special guest, Alex Roy, cannonballer, podcaster and director of special operations at Argo AI. In the garage, Alex shares his thoughts on getting back into his 1987 Porsche 911 Targa followed by Dan gushing about the new Cadillac Escalade and the Genesis GV80. Over in Connecticut,… Read More »The Three-Wheel Driver

    What’s in your garage?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2021 143:13

    This week, we recorded a live episode on Zoom with some listeners. Sam shares his take on the 2021 Kia K5 EX while Rebecca rhaspodizes about its corporate sibling, the Hyundai Sonata N-Line. Both are powered by turbocharged 4-cylinders but one has way more power. Dan had 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 and the review devolves… Read More »What’s in your garage?

    What Is A BrightDrop?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2021 119:20

    Dan has another Ford SuperDuty pickup, this time the F-250 with the big 6.7-liter diesel and he is plotting how to pull out some concrete footings from his old deck. Rebecca goes old school (really old) with the aged Toyota Sequioa while Sam complains about the terrible infotainment display in the 2021 Nissan Rogue but… Read More »What Is A BrightDrop?

    Do Logos Even Matter?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2021 146:29

    This week we're driving the 2021 GM Yukon Denali, Subaru Crosstrek Limited, and a pair of Kia K5 GT-Line sedans. We talk about GM's new logo, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, and the Mercedes-Benz Hyperscreen for the EQS. There's an interview with Ryan Matulich from Ford about the 7.3L "Godzilla" V8, and we wrap with a listener question about EV marketing.

    Highs and Lows and Minivans

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2021 106:15

    As we kick off a new year with a weak largely devoid of news, our team opens up with the garage. Rebecca had the latest BMW 540i xDrive sedan while Sam waxes rhapsodic about the refreshed 2021 Chrysler Pacifica AWD and minivans in general as people haulers. Meanwhile Dan is wraps up an extended period… Read More »Highs and Lows and Minivans

    Adios 2020

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2020 114:24


    For the final episode of 2020, our intrepid crew reconvenes to discuss what’s in the garage and what’s happening the industry. Rebecca had a pair of Lexus LS500s to sample. First the 2020 F-Sport version and then the mildly refreshed 2021 edition. Sam got to spend a day with the redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento with… Read More »Adios 2020


    Robot Dogs and Taxis

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2020 115:06

    As 2020 winds toward its conclusion, the crew gathers for a pre-solstice recording with lots of vehicles to talk about. Dan kicks things off with the Ford F-350 Tremor that he had use to go fetch a replacement for dead Christmas tree and then compares notes with Rebecca on the new Land Rover Defender 110.… Read More »Robot Dogs and Taxis

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